Motor vehicle accidents in Sarasota and nationwide often cause damage to body parts, especially in the spinal canal of the neck called the disc and the lower back disc. When a spinal disc is injured and presses on the root of the nerve, pain, tingling, numbness, and pins-and-needles sensations can be felt. When this occurs in the neck, these symptoms can radiate down one’s arm into the hands and fingers just as it does from the lower back down the leg into the feet and toes when a herniated-disc injury occurs in the back.
Sometimes the numbness and tingling symptoms start off small but develop into intense pain due to the pressure put on the nerves in the spinal column. For instance, a disc may rupture during a crash and may not be felt immediately. Once the disc starts putting pressure on the nerves and spinal cord, numbness and tingling may be felt. It can gradually get worse and cause pain.
While herniated disc injuries, also known as slipped discs and ruptured discs, are the main cause of tingling and numbness in the body after a car crash, there could be other injuries that cause these same symptoms such as:
- Clavicle fracture
- Nerve damage
- Pelvic fractures
- Compression fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken back
When these injuries are left alone and untreated, it could lead to chronic pain and numbness. Unfortunately, the pain can become debilitating. For this reason, it is critical that you seek medical treatment immediately following a crash if you experience any tingling or numbness. Having an x-ray and MRI test should reveal whether you have suffered an injury to your spinal discs or any other affected area.
If you have been injured in a Sarasota car crash due to someone else’s negligence, you may need the help of a qualified personal injury lawyer to ensure you receive the financial recovery that you deserve while you focus on your physical recovery. Call a Sarasota accident attorney at the Mallard Law Firm today at 888-409-3805 for a free consultation and a free copy of our book What You Need to Know After a Florida Auto, Truck or Bike Accident.